Families planning a vacation to Mexico's Caribbean (including Cancun and the Riviera Maya), or to a Caribbean island, may be wondering about hurricane damage from Dean.
Hurricane season in the Atlantic officially started June 1, but August to October are peak months, and -- right on time-- August 2007 brought Hurricane Dean, the most intense storm since Hurricane Wilma hit Cancun in October 2005. Dean caused loss of life in several Caribbean countries, and damage mainly to crops and infrastructure.
- see a country-by-country list of hurricane damage, including Jamaica
- The Loco Gringo site has hurricane damage details about many individual resorts. Most had minor damage are still accepting guests. This site also has a way to donate to Hurricane Relief.
The hardest hit area of Mexico was the Costa Maya, just above Belize, and south of Riviera Maya towns such as Tulum and Playa del Carmen. A cruise ship port was severely damaged andcould remain closed for months.
Useful sites to check, ongoing, for hurricane damage: